Our Faith

The fundamental teachings of the Church are reflected in the following statements of faith:

1. The Bible

We believe that the entire Holy Bible (the Old and the New Testaments) as originally given is the inspired and living Word of God. The Bible is inerrant; and it is therefore the sole and final authority for all matters of faith, life and practices of the Church (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:13).

2. God

We believe in the One true, living and eternal God, who has revealed Himself as the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit; the Three co-exist in eternity, and are distinct but indivisible (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 2:18; 4:4-6).

a. The Father

The very source of all created things in heaven and on earth (Ephesians 3:14-15)

i. Who purposed all things according to His will and to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:5-6)

ii. Who has begotten the believers through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, through the Holy Spirit and through His living and abiding word (1 Peter 1:3, 23; John 3:6; 1 John 3:1-2)

iii. Who is above all, through all and in all (Ephesians 4:6)

b. Jesus Christ

The incarnated Son of God, who is conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; He is both the God and Man (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:14-18; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6)

i. Who died for us on the cross for our sins (John 1:29; 1 Timothy 1:15), was buried and rose again the third day in the flesh for our justification (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:25)

ii. Who also ascended to the heavens, being exalted, and He is sitting at the Father’s right hand on the throne where He now reigns as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords; and intercedes for His redeemed ones as their great heavenly High Priest (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:14)

iii. Who will coming again for His Church (John 14:2,3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

iv. We believe that man’s salvation comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Mark 15:15-16)

c. The Holy Spirit

Who is sent by God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ after His ascension (John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26)

i. Who gives life to the spirit of the believers when they first believe and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior (John 3:3-6)

ii. Who also indwells every true believer of Jesus Christ to be his life, that He may teach him all things and guide him into all truth (John 14:17, 26; 16:13; Romans 8:9-11; 1 John 2:27)

3. Salvation

a. We believe that God created man (male and female) in His image and likeness, that they should express God’s glory on this earth and have dominion over God’s creation (Genesis 1:26-27); and to be able to fulfill this great task, they need to partake of God’s life (the tree of life) and become the sons of God (Genesis 2:7-9a; Colossians 3:4a; Ephesians 1:5)

b. However, man, deceived by Satan (the serpent), fell into sin and death and was driven away from the presence of God (Genesis chapter 3; Romans 5:12-24)

c. We believe in the salvation of mankind solely by grace through faith in the perfect and complete work of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross, thus obtaining full remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:37-38; Ephesians 2:8- 9; Hebrews 9:12, 26b; Romans 5:8-11)

d. We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the Name of the Triune God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (which name is Jesus Christ) as commanded by the Lord Jesus Himself (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16), and taught and practiced by His apostles and disciples (Acts 2:34-36; 19:1-6); the reality of Baptism is to bring the believers into a spiritual union with Christ through the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:3-6; Galatians 3:27-28; 1 Corinthians 12:13)

4. The Church

a. We believe that although all real born again Christians are members of the one universal body of Christ by virtue of His life, the emphasis in the New Testament is the practical building up of the believers in oneness and with the reality of Christ (Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:1-6; 1 Corinthians 12:24-26) to be the expression of His church in each city; This expression of the church must be practical and visible as a testimony to the world today (John 17:11, 20-24; Acts 2:41-47; 4:32; Revelation 1:20b – the lampstands)

b. We believe that the practical expression of the oneness of the church must be according to the pattern of God’s word in the New Testament (Hebrews 8:5)

i. The pattern in the New Testament (from the Acts to Revelation) shows that God allows only one expression (testimony) of His church in each city; that geographic boundary is the only legitimate ground to have different churches as the expression of the one body of Christ on this earth (hereafter referred to as “the ground of locality”)

ii. Other basis of separating the churches, such as apostles and their ministries (1 Corinthians 1:10-16), spiritual gifts, racial or social status (1 Corinthians 12:1-26), or different doctrines and missions (1 Timothy 1:3-7; Titus 3:10-11; Romans 16:17-18) are condemned by the word of God as division and sin, as the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:20)

c. We believe that the only materials, allowed by the God, with which to build His church practically are with gold, silver and precious stones in spiritual sense (1 Corinthians 3:10-15) and with the love of Christ (1 Corinthians Chapter 13)

i. Gold – signifying the divine nature of God the Father

ii. Silver – signifying the redeeming and saving power of the life of Jesus Christ, the Son

iii. Precious stones – signifying the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in the believers

iv. Wood, hay and stubble – signifying man’s nature, ways (methods) and glory – are not acceptable by the Lord

 d. As in the type of the Old Testament (Ezra chapter one), where only a small remnant of God’s people obeyed His command to return from the captivity of Babylon to Jerusalem to rebuilt the temple, the house of the Lord, we believe that the same principle applies to today’s situation. Only a small remnant among the believers will be willing to obey the Lord’s call to leave the different divisions and come back to recover the proper expression of His church on the ground of locality